Reishi has been a crucial part of Traditional Medicine and has now become popular as a dietary supplement. Although the mushroom is highly potent when used directly, it is easier to harvest and transport Reishi in dried, powdered form. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of reishi and what is the best time to take reishi, among other things.
What Is Reishi?
Reishi is a potent mushroom(1) that looks like a fan with its typical reddish-brown kidney bean-shaped cap and a white stem. The mushroom grows in hot temperatures and is quite tough in texture with a woody, unpleasant taste. However, the powders, tinctures, and capsules of reishi are better tasting with the same benefits as the fresh reishi mushroom.
Uses Of Reishi
Reishi mushrooms have been used for over 4000 years for a wide range of illnesses and ailments such as hypertension, anxiety, stress and depression, and insomnia. Modern medicine has found scientific evidence to back the use of reishi for its anti-inflammatory(2), anxiolytic(3), and antioxidant(4) properties.
Different benefits of the reishi are exaggerated when the product is taken at specific times. This is why it is important to determine the best time of day to take reishi mushroom for the desired benefit and take it accordingly. Taking reishi when it is the best time to take reishi is especially beneficial in improving health and promoting sleep.
Some of the common properties of reishi are:
Recent studies have found that the reishi mushroom has the ability to support the immune system such as to not only prevent bacterial and viral infections but also to target certain cancers. The immune-boosting properties of the reishi are also responsible for the anti-cancer effect(5) of the mushroom.
The best time to take reishi for these benefits is during the evening so the immune system is enhanced all through the night while the body rests.
Anti-allergic and inflammatory properties
These properties were one of the reasons for the wide popularity of the mushroom during ancient times. The best time of the day to take reishi mushroom for anti-allergic(6)properties is in the morning, before exposure to any allergens for full support throughout the day.
Insomnia is one of the major reasons why reishi has become popular recently. Reishi is able to not only resolve insomnia(7) but also target anxiety and depression that are inducing insomnia and sleep problems. The best time to reishi mushroom for proper sleep with a good sleep duration is early evening, close to dinner time. This gives the mushroom more than enough time to be effective and treat insomnia.
Dosage Of Reishi
The nutritional value of one ounce of reishi mushroom has 10kcals and 1g of protein with 2 g of carbohydrates. The mushroom also has a low glycemic index, making it suitable for diabetics wanting to treat their insomnia or enhance the function of their immune and circulatory systems. Reishi is also gluten-free.
When beginning to take reishi for the first time, it is recommended to start with a reishi powder or tincture rather than fresh mushroom. This is mainly because of the texture and taste of fresh reishi mushrooms.
Since the tolerance of any new supplement by the body cannot be predicted, it is important to start with the lowest dose of powder. In this case, starting with only one scoop of reishi powder is recommended. Based on the visible results, the dosage can be increased or maintained.
The dosage of reishi also depends on the desired benefit of reishi. Certain benefits such as treatment and management of certain ailments require a higher dose, but again, the dose should be increased gradually and not drastically.
Is There A Best Time To Take Reishi?
The best time to take reishi depends on why reishi supplements are being used. Mentioned above are the different uses and when is the best time to take reishi for those benefits of reishi. However, the general rule is to take reishi in the early evening as it gives the mushroom the ability to improve bodily functions while the body recuperates from the effects of the day.
The best time of day to take reishi mushroom is also determined by the effect the mushroom has on the body. Certain people feel extremely calm after taking the mushroom and they should take the mushroom in the evening. This is because the calming effect of mushrooms may make it difficult to focus on daily tasks. Other often experience an increase in awareness and arousal after taking reishi meaning that the best time to take reishi for them is the morning.
What Time Of Day Should I Take Reishi?
Reishi is a highly potent mushroom that should be taken between 5 pm to 8 pm, close to dinner time. Since the mushroom aims to improve the quality of sleep, taking it in the early evening gives it plenty of time to produce the desired results.
Can You Have Reishi In The Morning?
Reishi mushroom also has other benefits apart from enhancing the quality and duration of sleep. For the purpose of those benefits such as those related to the immune and circulatory system, reishi can be taken in the morning.
Does Reishi Make You Sleepy?
Reishi mushroom alleviates feelings of anxiety and stress, making it easier to fall asleep and maintain sleep for long durations. The mushroom doesn’t necessarily induce sleep but removes the factors causing a lack of sleep.
Reishi has different effects on people, with some reporting a calming effect while others reporting an invigorating effect. The best time of day to take reishi is during the early evening to enjoy all the benefits of the mushroom. Taking reishi in the morning is valid but not all benefits can be enjoyed in this case.
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